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House hunting is not like on TV

Dear David, We went to an open house and met an agent who was new to the business. He offered to take us out and show us three different houses. Afterwards, he seemed annoyed that we didn’t want to buy one of them. What’s with the attitude? – FEELS LIKE A TV SHOW DEAR FEELS:

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Putting a value on the matrimonial home

Dear David, My spouse and I split up a couple of years ago. Among other things, we’ve been trying to figure out how to put a value on our matrimonial home. My spouse is currently living in the house and is neither cooperative nor motivated to help settle this. How should I move forward? –

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What is a trigger rate?

Dear David, We picked a variable rate mortgage last fall when we were arranging our financing. Now we are hearing about something called a “trigger rate”. How might that affect us? – TRIGGERED DEAR TRIGGERED: Trigger rates affect some mortgage holders, but not others. If you’ve locked in your interest rate with a fixed-rate mortgage,

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Buying a multi-generational home

Dear David, My son and I have started discussing selling our respective homes (he’s in a semi, I have a condo) and purchasing property we can share. He has a wife and two young children. I’m single. Is there anything in particular we need to consider? – LOOKING AHEAD DEAR LOOKING: As prices and interest

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Talking trash about my house

Dear David, We came home during a showing and overheard the seller’s agent trash-talking our house. Their agent is the one who booked the showing, shouldn’t they be trying to sell the house? – IRRITATED DEAR IRRITATED: I’ve shown thousands of homes to hundreds of buyers over the last two decades. For my clients, the

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Fixtures and Chattels: What’s the Difference?

Dear David, We sold our house and it closed yesterday. Our agent called to say that the buyers are mad because we unbolted a gazebo from the deck before we left. The gazebo was mentioned in the listing, but the buyers didn’t ask for it. We offered to sell it back to them for $1500,

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